What’s the best music for massage therapy?
Sometimes you need some tunes to help get in the mood for relaxation. So we asked the experts – our massage therapists at Zeel – about the musical artists and albums they recommend to ease stress and accompany massage, meditation, and everyday lounging. Listen to these tunes and you’ll feel your blood pressure lowering ASAP.
Listen: Illumination of the Heart
Deuter is something of a massage music VIP. He specializes in flute-filled spiritual music, which he crafts in his mountain abode in Santa Fe. While Deuter has produced over 30 albums, Illumination of the Heart is cited as a particular fave by Zeel Massage Therapists.
Listen: Living Room Songs
Yes, Icelandic musician Olafur Arnauls did craft these emotional tunes on this album in his living room. His updated classical music score is a fine background to your at-home relaxation.
Dan Gibson’s music will make you feel like you’re in the middle of an uncharted jungle, but without bugs and with massage oil
Deva Premal specializes in accompanying ancient Sanskrit chants with spiritual and stirring tunes.
Listen: Healing Sanctuary
Dean Evenson’s acoustic sound stylings will soothe any massage fan, and are also great for insomniacs. Includes bird chirps and pan flutes.
Listen: Ca Sarvetaratra
The result of a collaboration between artists Tanya Whitman and Gabriel Mann, Vive blends Sanskrit mantras with more modern tunes. A bit more energetic than some of these other albums; recommended for sports massage.
Listen: Shamanic Dream II
This track is meant to create a trance state, and is filled with flutes and drums, along with chanting (hence “shamanic”). Massage therapy professionals agree that it’s some of the best massage music.
Listen: Thursday Afternoon
Brian Eno is well-known for his electronic and ambient music. Thursday Afternoon holds one chord throughout, accompanied by other notes and chords. At 61 minutes long, the song is perfect to accompany a 60-minute Zeel Massage.
Listen: Elements of Air
Combine smooth jazz, piano and Native American-inflected pan flutes and you have Peter Kater’s relaxing album, Elements of Air.
Road to Perdition
We thought it was a little odd too, but this Oscar-nominated score is remarkably calming, despite it being the soundtrack to a violent movie about mob revenge murders.
Notice what’s not on this list? Enya. Zeel Massage Therapists identified Enya’s oeuvre as their least favorite massage accompaniment.
Now that you’ve got a relaxing playlist handy, give our massages a try — and let us know on Twitter if you felt a difference: @GetZeel.
In celebration of National Relaxation Day, use the promo code RELAX815 for $25 off your first Zeel Massage. Book today (expires at 11:59pm on August 15, 2017).
Marcy is the SVP of People and Communications at Zeel. In addition to overseeing the humans of Zeel, Marcy has written about workplace topics for more than 20 years both at Zeel and as VP of Content for Vault.com, a career information web site and publisher.